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Moroccan Minister Calls For Continued Public Assistance of Youth of 18

Rabat – Minister of Solidarity, Family and Social Development, Basima Hakkaoui has called for the continued care of children living in public assistance institutions after they reach age of 18.During a talk entitled “Keeping up with children of public assistance institutions after the age of 18,” held on Friday at the headquarters of the ministry, Hakkaoui called on public assistance institutions to continue to provide services for youth after they reach 18, the age when institutional aid normally ceases.Hakkaoui said that all the civic activists, association and the international organization must engage in the formulation of proposals and laws regarding the issue of youth over 18.She noted that initiatives already taken by associations to care for youth over 18 were only “impromptu and not regulated,” and could not be generalized nationally, since they were “not based on a standard basis that would enable other associations to work based on it.” The minister went on further to call on the House of Advisors to ratify the bill N. 65.15 of the public assistance associations to deal with deficiencies of the system is related to the adoption of the abandoned children.Hakkaoui noted that since 2013, the ministry has been working towards further protection of such children. read more

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Governor signs measure to hike Illinois minimum wage to 15

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker has signed a measure gradually hiking the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, the highest in the Midwest.It was one of the new Democratic governor’s top campaign promises. He signed the six-year plan Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion.Illinois is on track to be the first state in the Midwest to push its base wage to $15. It increases from $8.25 by $1 on Jan. 1, and jumps to $10 on July 1, 2020. Then, it increases $1 each Jan. 1 until 2025.Business groups opposed the plan. They wanted a longer phase-in and a regionalized approach with lower minimum wage levels for areas outside Chicago.Pritzker noted there are payroll tax credits in the law to ease the transition for employers.John O’Connor, The Associated Press read more

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Muslim farmers in Ampara seek return of 2878 acres

The ‘Good Governance’ Government of Maithripala Sirisena is as indifferent to their pleas as the previous government led by the hawkish Rajapaksa, ADALR stated. A document submitted to the Government by the ADALR states that in the Vegamam area of Pottuvil, 450 acres belonging to 140 Muslim families with government permits to cultivate them, were acquired by the Wildlife Preservation Department. These lands were cultivated by these permit holders from 1956 to 1990, and from 2009 to 2011. Between 1990 and 2009, the lands were in the possession of the LTTE which had driven the Muslims out. The Muslims went back to the lands after the war, only to be asked to vacate in two years by the Wildlife Department.In Kiran Kovai and Palayadi Vattai, 503 acres belonging to 250 Muslim families which had been cultivating them from 1976 to 1990 and from 2009 to  2011 had been handed over to the Forest Department. In Kiran-Komari, 885 acres,with permits, cultivated by 177 families from 1960 were included in the forest zone and cultivation was prohibited. Ahamed told Express that the lands, which were seized by the LTTE in the 1980s,  subsequently went into the hands of the Sri Lankan army and were then handed over to various government departments such as the Forest or the Archeology Department. The lands are now being used for various purposes including the construction of military camps and settling Sinhalese from outside Ampara district, he said. Muslim farmers in Ampara are pleading with the Government to return 2878 acres of agricultural land which ought to have been given back to them when the 30-year war ended in 2009, the New Indian Express reported.The non-return of these lands has affected 1406 families, who find that the end of the war has brought no relief to them in economic terms, according to K.Nihal Ahamed, Co-ordinator of the Ampara District Alliance for Land Rights (ADALR). The Forest and Wildlife Departments began to lay claims to these lands because much of the area had become a jungle due to neglect in the war years. The repeated plea of the original owners that the lands were cultivable fell on deaf ears.In Ponnanveli, nearly 600 acres, originally in the hands of 176 farmer families from 1948 onwards, were handed over to the Archeology Department or for ‘Holy Land’ development as the area was considered sacred by Sri Lanka’s powerful Buddhist majority.In Ashraff Nagar, 150 acres were taken over by the armed forces or handed over to the Forest Department, affecting 69 farmer families. In Ambanam Oya, 140 acres originally cultivated by 48 families since 1932, were taken over for colonisation by the majority Buddhist community from outside Ampara district. Likewise, Sinhalese colonisation has taken away 96 acres in Keethapaththu affecting 46 families. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Fertiliser subsidy for Yala harvest available from midnight tonight

In February this year the Government had announced that farmers will receive cash for the full market value of fertiliser to their bank accounts from the next cultivation season.It was announced then that farmers cultivating  corn, soya and onions will receive a free insurance cover of Rs 40,000 per acre from the next season. (Colombo Gazette) The fertiliser subsidy for the Yala harvest will be made available from midnight tonight, Agriculture Minister Duminda Dissanayake said.He said that fertiliser will be priced at Rs. 500 for 50kg of paddy and Rs. 1500 for other crops. read more

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Triggs Lecture Series spreads out to BC vineyards

When the Triggs International Premium Vinifera Lecture Series returns this August, it will for the first time be held in the grape and wine regions of both Ontario and British Columbia.Since its launch in 2004, the series has brought international viticultural experts to Ontario’s Niagara region to share their knowledge through vineyard visits and a public lecture relating to premium vinifera wine grape production.This year’s speaker, Glen Creasy, a lecturer at Lincoln University in New Zealand, has done extensive viticultural research and will discuss Vine balance: ways to accelerate fruit maturity.Created by Brock’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the Triggs Lectures are made possible through an endowment by industry leaders Donald and Elaine Triggs.Donald Triggs praised the decision to expand the series to B.C.’s wine region.“Elaine and I are delighted that Dr. Creasy will be sharing his knowledge on vine balance and earlier ripening with growers, students and researchers in the Okanagan as well as Ontario this year,” he said. “Achieving physiological maturity is always a big challenge in our relatively short growing season in the Okanagan and Ontario. We personally thank all of the sponsors who are contributing to making the lecture series a success.”The expanded Triggs series ties in with a national research network between CCOVI in Ontario and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre (PARC) in British Columbia.“The enhanced lecture series as part of CCOVI’s outreach will create an invaluable networking opportunity for the grape and wine industry across Canada,” says CCOVI director Debbie Inglis. “New linkages between the Ontario and British Columbia grape growing regions will be established, and existing ones strengthened.”“This allows CCOVI to expand the reach and impact of these lecture series to the grape and wine community here in our area,” says PARC research scientist Pat Bowen. “The industry will benefit greatly from the knowledge of these experts.”Schedule for Ontario:Wednesday, Aug. 24: vineyard visits/technical workshopThursday, Aug. 25: public lecture, Brock University, room Academic South 216Schedule for British Columbia:Tuesday, Aug. 30: vineyard visits/technical workshopWednesday, Aug. 31: public lecture, PARC facility, Summerland, B.C. read more

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Womens Basketball Ohio State legend Katie Smith selected as Womens Basketball Hall

Former Ohio State shooting guard Katie Smith is a three-time Olympic gold medalist and set the record for points scored by either a man or woman in the Big Ten during her four-season collegiate career from 1992 to 1996. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsOne of the greatest players in Ohio State women’s basketball history, Katie Smith was selected as one of 10 finalists for the 2018 Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.The three-time Olympic gold medalist set the record for points scored by either a man or woman in the Big Ten during her four-season collegiate career from 1992 to 1996. Smith was honored as the Big Ten Player of the Year her senior year. In her freshman season, she powered her team to a conference title and NCAA championship appearance.Smith played 15 season in the WNBA and two professionally for the Columbus Quest from 1996 to 1997. When she retired in 2013, she was the all-time women’s professional basketball leading scorer with 7,885 points. Smith was voted one of the 20 best and most-influential players in WNBA history in 2016. After her playing career ended, she was hired as an assistant coach by the New York Liberty. She became the team’s head coach Oct. 16.“She’s totally deserving of that honor and she should be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame,” Ohio State women’s basketball head coach Kevin McGuff said. “She’s an unbelievable player. She was an unbelievable player here. She’s a great coach now. I can’t wait to see all her success with the New York Liberty.”Smith was inducted into Ohio State’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001. McGuff said she frequently makes trips to Columbus continues to stay in touch with the program.“I love the fact she comes around a lot, she stays connected to the program, which I love,” McGuff said. “She’s a great role model to the current players.”The 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame finalists were announced were Jan. 11. Inductees will be announced the night of Feb. 12 during the Louisville-Connecticut game. The class of 2018 will be introduced during the Final Four in Columbus, meaning Smith might have a homecoming if inducted. read more

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Going to be outside this summer Get protected against Lyme Disease says

first_imgWEARING LONG TROUSERS, using insect repellant and checking your skin could prevent disease this summer.The HSE is warning people who will be spending time outdoors over the summer months to beware of Lyme Disease, which is caused by tick bites.The disease is usually mild, affecting only the skin. However, it can be more serious and affect the brain and nervous systems.Lyme disease can, in a minority of cases, cause severe debilitating heart and nervous system disease.The HSE Health Protection Surveillance Centre today urged people who take part in outdoor pursuits to protect themselves against the disease.As people are more likely to engage in outdoor pursuits in the summer months, ramblers, campers, mountain bikers, and others who work and walk in forested or grassy areas must be vigilant against tick bites, says HPSC specialist in public health medicine, Dr Paul McKeown.“Ticks are tiny insect like creatures that feed on the blood of mammals and birds and will also feed on humans. Ticks are more numerous and more active in the summer months and protecting against tick bites protects against Lyme disease.Tick bites can be prevented by:Wearing long trousers, a long sleeved shirt and shoesUsing an insect repellentChecking skin, hair and warm skin folds (especially the neck and scalp of children) for ticks, after a day outRemoving any ticks and consulting with a GP if symptoms developLyme disease has been notifiable in Ireland since 2012 and there are between 8-13 reported cases notified in Ireland each year, but doctors suggest that many cases go unreported.Opinion: How one country saw epidemic illnesses plummet – and Ireland could tooRead: INMO say proposals ‘seriously compromise patient safety’. ‘Scaremongering’ says James Reillylast_img read more

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Study finds possible link between cancer and ultraprocessed foods like TV dinners

first_imgCare should be taken to transmit the strengths and limitations of this latest analysis to the general public and to increase the public’s understanding of the complexity associated with nutritional research in free-living populations.Read: ‘Love is a drug’, ‘rose-tinted glasses’: Here’s the science behind falling for someoneRead: Scientists have discovered a 100 million-year-old spider preserved in amber By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Joe Gough via Shutterstock Study finds possible link between cancer and ultra-processed foods like TV dinners The study’s authors said this “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades”. 23,120 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Thursday 15 Feb 2018, 6:10 AM 38 Comments Image: Joe Gough via Shutterstock Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3850269 To our knowledge, this study is the first to investigate and highlight an increase in the risk of overall – and specifically breast – cancer associated with ultra-processed food intake.They stress that further work is needed to better understand the effects of the various stages of processing, but suggest policies targeting product reformulation, taxation, and marketing restrictions on ultra-processed products and promotion of fresh or minimally processed foods may contribute to primary cancer prevention.In a linked editorial, Martin Lajous and Adriana Monge based at the National Institute of Public Health in Mexico, say this study provides “an initial insight into a possible link between ultra processed foods and cancer” but “we are a long way from understanding the full implications of food processing for health and wellbeing.”They point to several challenges, such as identifying the precise elements in ultra-processed foods that could lead to cancer, and the potential impact of other unmeasured factors on the results.As such, they conclude: A POSSIBLE LINK between highly-processed foods and rates of cancer has been found in a study; its authors have suggested that the rapidly increasing consumption of ultra-processed foods “may drive an increasing burden of cancer in the next decades”.The study, which was published by The British Medical Journal (BMJ) today, said that further exploration of this subject is needed before that link is confirmed.Ultra-processed foods include packaged baked goods and snacks, fizzy drinks, sugary cereals, ready meals and reconstituted meat products – often containing high levels of sugar, fat, and salt, but lacking in vitamins and fibre.A few studies have linked ultra-processed foods to higher risks of obesity, high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. But firm evidence linking intake to risk of disease is still scarce. Source: Shutterstock/ET1972So a team of researchers based in France and Brazil, set out to evaluate potential associations between ultra-processed food intake and risk of overall cancer, as well as that of breast, prostate, and bowel (colorectal) cancers.Their findings are based on 104,980 healthy French adults (22% men; 78% women) with an average age of 43 years who completed at least two 24-hour online dietary questionnaires, designed to measure usual intake of 3,300 different food items (NutriNet-Santé cohort study).Foods were grouped according to degree of processing and cases of cancer were identified from participants’ declarations validated by medical records and national databases over an average of five years.Several well-known risk factors for cancer, such as age, sex, educational level, family history of cancer, smoking status and physical activity levels, were taken into account.The results show that a 10% increase in the proportion of ultra-processed foods in the diet was associated with increases of 12% in the risk of overall cancer and 11% in the risk of breast cancer. No significant association was found for prostate and colorectal cancers.Further testing found no significant association between less processed foods (such as canned vegetables, cheeses and freshly made unpackaged bread) and risk of cancer, while consumption of fresh or minimally processed foods (fruits, vegetables, pulses, rice, pasta, eggs, meat, fish and milk) was associated with lower risks of overall cancer and breast cancer. Source: Dmitry Chumichev via ShutterstockAnalysisThis is an observational study, so no firm conclusions can be drawn about cause and effect, and the researchers point to some limitations. For example, they cannot rule out some misclassification of foods or guarantee detection of every new cancer case. Nevertheless, the study sample was large and they were able to adjust for a range of potentially influential factors.The study’s authors said: Share129 Tweet Email8 Feb 15th 2018, 6:10 AM last_img read more

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Joes Stone Crab serves up dinner for special cause

first_imgJoe’s Stone Crab hosted their 16th annual Claws for a Cause dinner, Thursday night, to raise money for the Children’s Home Society of Florida.Guests had a chance to try the famous stone crabs before the restaurant officially opens for the season on Friday.The dinner serves as a fundraiser for the Children’s Home Society of Florida. “It touches everybody, helping all these little children and helping not even the little children, the even bigger children,” said Joe’s Stone Crab General Manager Brian Johnson. “That’s our future, so every little bit that you can do to help in any way, shape or form, that’s the way to go.”The event raised over $190,000 last year to help children and families statewide.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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VIDEO Watch Jimmy The Jesters Perform A Concert On The Common

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s 2018 Concerts on the Common series kicked off on Wednesday, July 12 with a performance from Jimmy and the Jesters. “Mr. Rock & Roll” Jimmy Merrick and The Jesters played the oldies and classic country tunes.Wilmington Community Television was on hand to record the event. Watch the concert the below:—Video Playerhttps://objects-us-west-1.dream.io/wilmington/1/6/7/4/9/c/16749c37-24cb-488c-9382-b1107b432dc61531834133.277%2B36616832.320%40castus4-wilmington%2B15318374431531834960748300.vod.720p.Concert%20On%20The%20Common%20-%20Jimmy%20%26%20The%20Jesters_%20July%2012th%2C%202018.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedVIDEO: Watch ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ Perform A Concert On The CommonIn “Videos”Wilmington Concerts On The Common Series Continues With ‘Jimmy & The Jesters’ On July 17In “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

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Officials preparing risk assessment for alpine lake tsunami in Switzerland

first_img Explore further Lake Lucerne. Credit: Ttrainer/Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 3.0 Tsunami hit Geneva in AD 563: scientists Officials in Nidwalden Canton in Switzerland have announced that they have commissioned a study to look into the threat posed by a tsunami in Lake Lucerne—a first for a European alpine region. The study, to be conducted by University of Bern geologist Flavio Anselmetti and his team, will focus on the likelihood of a tsunami occurring in the lake and an assessment of the impact on the region (home to approximately 13 million people) if one should occur. Journal information: Nature Citation: Officials preparing risk assessment for alpine lake tsunami in Switzerland (2014, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-alpine-lake-tsunami-switzerland.htmlcenter_img © 2014 Phys.org More information: via Nature A tsunami occurring in an alpine lake is not unheard of, large bodies of water in any location can give rise to the unusual waves—all it takes is a sudden jolt, such as an earthquake stirring things up, a landslide, or a piece of shoreline dropping into the water. And while the European Alps aren’t really known for earthquakes, those large enough to cause problems (magnitude 6 and above) do occur approximately every thousand years or so.The seemingly sudden interest in the threat posed by tsunamis in alpine lakes, has come about as a result of a study done by University of Geneva limnogeologist Katrina Kremer and her team two years ago—they found evidence of a serious tsunami wiping out communities in Lake Geneva AD 563. More recent work by the team has found more evidence of tsunamis in the lake—as many as five big ones over the past 4000 years.Prior to the commissioned study, Anselmetti’s team was already studying Lake Lucerne and its history—they’d found sediment evidence of two tsunamis that occurred in the 17th century, which would have, they believe, led to five meter high tsunamis. The team has also found evidence of unstable sloped sediment sections in the lake that if disrupted by an earthquake, could lead to a large tsunami.Going forward, the team will look at all likely tsunami catalysts, from landslides, to earthquakes to normal erosion (presumably also asteroid and comet strikes) assessing the likelihood of each. They will also attempt to forecast what impact a tsunami might have on the region. In addition to conducting sediment studies, the team will also use data from a variety of sources to build computer models that are capable of graphically demonstrating the path of tsunami flooding that would occur in different parts of the region under different sized tsunami waves. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Panel calls for various researchers to band together to create an economic

first_img Citation: Panel calls for various researchers to band together to create an economic policy dashboard (2016, February 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-panel-band-economic-policy-dashboard.html Credit: George Hodan/public domain Overconfidence, loss aversion are key predictors for investment mistakes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further As the group notes, to date no tool, model or human being is capable of predicting the type of collapse that occurred in 2008, which contributed heavily to what became known as the Great Recession, and that problem has many people in the financial community on edge, including Andrew Haldane, one of the authors of the paper and chief economist for the Bank of England. He and his colleagues point out that current models are built to approximate the actions of a single rational player, which clearly does not account for the many irrational acts of many in the financial business world—and that has to change.They authors also note that over the past few decades a lot of work has been put into creating models (many based on complexity theory) that have proved useful in other pursuits, such as weather forecasting—they write that they believe the time has come to look for contributions from experts in a variety of fields to come together to see if it might not be possible to create such a model for the global financial system.Key to such a program would be network analysis and behavioral modeling tools—both have proven able to offer useful forecasting given the right set of inputs. With finance, the group acknowledges, such inputs might be more difficult to gather due to the sometimes fuzzy nature of financial interactions between various players; but that does not mean it cannot be done, they propose that it should not be impossible to isolate various tipping points, and to create agent-based computer models which take as inputs actions by some of the most important agents in the field, i.e. individuals who exert strong influence in the financial world and use that information to provide an economic dashboard that would highlight looming problems.center_img © 2016 Phys.org Journal information: Science (Phys.org)—A widely disparate group of scientists and other individuals engaged in modeling and economic research has banded together to call for building a new kind of business model intended to help forecast financial meltdowns, such as occurred in 2008. They have written a paper together and have had it published as a Perspectives piece in the journal Science—in it they are asking others in other areas of study to join the effort to help forge a path to developing a product that might help foresee troubling economic indicators and in so doing perhaps provide a way to prevent serious problems in the future. More information: S. Battiston et al. Complexity theory and financial regulation, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aad0299AbstractTraditional economic theory could not explain, much less predict, the near collapse of the financial system and its long-lasting effects on the global economy. Since the 2008 crisis, there has been increasing interest in using ideas from complexity theory to make sense of economic and financial markets. Concepts, such as tipping points, networks, contagion, feedback, and resilience have entered the financial and regulatory lexicon, but actual use of complexity models and results remains at an early stage. Recent insights and techniques offer potential for better monitoring and management of highly interconnected economic and financial systems and, thus, may help anticipate and manage future crises.Press releaselast_img read more

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Businessman killed by goons in Daspur

first_imgKolkata: A businessman was brutally killed by some miscreants at Daspur in West Midnapore triggering tension amongst locals.The incident took place on Saturday night when the victim was returning home. Police have arrested one person in this connection. According to police, the victim, Sukhdeb Maity (50) was a conch seller and used to supply it to various shops in the district.It was alleged that the victim had supplied conches to local businessman Jagannath Samui but the latter was not paying him his due money. Family members of the victim said Samui had received conches and some other products worth nearly Rs 1 lakh from Maity but was not paying the money despite repeated requests. It was learnt that a quarrel broke out between the duo on Saturday morning over the non-payment of dues. Following the incident, Samui told the victim that he would pay his money and provided an address of an abandoned house in Tatarpur area of Daspur on Saturday evening. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAfter his days work, the victim went to the place on late Saturday evening to receive his dues. When he reached there, Samui attacked him with a chopper. The victim fell to the ground after receiving several blows. He received severe injuries on various parts of his body. After hearing his screams, locals rushed to the spot and found him lying in a pool of blood. The locals rushed the victim to Ghatal Sub-divisional hospital where the doctors declared him brought dead. The body was sent for post-mortem. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSome of the family members of the victim alleged that local Trinamool Congress-backed goons might have been behind the murder as one of the relatives of the victim was contesting Panchayat election in the BJP’s ticket. Police, however, suspect that a business rivalry might have led to the incident and there is no political angle.On the basis of the complaint lodged by the victim’s wife, police have arrested the other. A detailed probe is on. They are also investigating if the victim was murdered after he demanded the money or there is any other angle.last_img read more

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Move Over James Bond Here Comes a Jetpack for the Rest of

first_img 2 min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Say goodbye to the gridlock on your morning commute. Taking a cue from James Bond’s Q, developers in New Zealand have come up with a personal jetpack that not only looks amazing, it might actually work.The machine is the brainchild of inventor Glenn Martin, who has been working on the design for more than three decades. “Inspired by childhood television shows such as Thunderbirds and Lost in Space, Martin set out in the early 1980s to create a jetpack suitable for everyday use by ordinary people with no specialist pilot training,” the AFP reported.Called Martin Aircraft, the developers came up with a machine that consists of a pair of cylinders with propulsion fans attached to a free-standing carbon-fiber frame. To pilot the device, one backs into the frame, straps him or herself in and uses a pair of joysticks as controls.Technically, the Martin Aircraft “jetpack” might not be a true jetpack after all, since it is propelled by fans blowing air instead of the traditional idea of jets of escaping gases. But, who cares? This thing looks cool. It even comes with a rocket-propelled parachute in case the pilot loses control.While the group is still working out some details on the design, New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority issued the device a permit for manned test flights. In a 2011 test, a Martin Aircraft successfully carried a dummy pilot 5,000 feet above sea level.Martin Aircraft says a version of the jetpack designed for the military and first-responder emergency crews could be ready for delivery as early as 2014, according to the AFP. A model aimed at the general public is expected to be on the market in 2015 and cost somewhere between $150,000 and $250,000.I hope the price comes down, significantly, or how else am I supposed to pretend I’m James Bond in Thunderball?What crazy apps and gadgets have you come across lately? Let us know by emailing us at FarOutTech@entrepreneur.com or by telling us in the comments below. August 23, 2013center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more

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Say hello to Microsofts new 3500 HoloLens with twice the field

first_imgMicrosoft unveiled the latest version of its HoloLens ‘mixed reality’ headset at MWC Barcelona today. The new HoloLens 2 features a significantly larger field of view, higher resolution and a device that’s more comfortable to wear. Indeed, Microsoft says the device is three times as comfortable to wear (though it’s unclear how Microsoft measured this).Later this year, HoloLens 2 will be available in the United States, Japan, China, Germany, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Australia and New Zealand for $3,500.One of the knocks against the original HoloLens was its limited field of view. When whatever you wanted to look at was small and straight ahead of you, the effect was striking. But when you moved your head a little bit or looked at a larger object, it suddenly felt like you were looking through a stamp-sized screen. HoloLens 2 features a field of view that’s twice as large as the original.“Kinect was the first intelligent device to enter our homes,” HoloLens chief Alex Kipman said in today’s keynote, looking back the the device’s history. “It drove us to create Microsoft HoloLens. […] Over the last few years, individual developers, large enterprises, brand new startup have been dreaming up beautiful things, helpful things.”The HoloLens was always just as much about the software as the hardware, though. For HoloLens, Microsoft developed a special version of Windows, together with a new way of interacting with the AR objects through gestures like air tap and bloom. In this new version, the interaction is far more natural and lets you tap objects. The device also tracks your gaze more accurately to allow the software to adjust to where you are looking.“HoloLens 2 adapts to you,” Kipman stressed. “HoloLens 2 evolves the interaction model by significantly advancing how people engage with holograms.”In its demos, the company clearly emphasized how much faster and fluid the interaction with HoloLens applications becomes when you can use slides, for example, by simply grabbing the slider and moving it, or by tapping on a button with either a finger or two or with your full hand. Microsoft event built a virtual piano that you can play with ten fingers to show off how well the HoloLens can track movement. The company calls this ‘instinctual interaction.’Microsoft first unveiled the HoloLens concept at a surprise event on its Redmond campus back in 2015. After a limited, invite-only release that started days after the end of MWC 2016, the device went on sale to everybody in August  2016. Four years is a long time between hardware releases, but the company clearly wanted to seed the market and give developer a chance to build the first set of HoloLens applications on a stable platform.To support developers, Microsoft is also launching a number of Azure services for HoloLens today. These include spatial anchors and remote rendering to help developers stream high-polygon content to HoloLens.It’s worth noting that Microsoft never positioned the device as consumer hardware. I may have shown off the occasional game, but its focus was always on business applications, with a bit of educational applications thrown in, too. That trend continued today. Microsoft showed off the ability to have multiple people collaborate around a single hologram, for example. That’s not new, of course, but goes to show how Microsoft is positioning this technology.For these enterprises, Microsoft will also offer the ability to customize the device.“When you change the way you see the world, you change the world you see,” Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said, repeating a line from the company’s first HoloLens announcement four years ago. He noted that he believes that connecting the physical world with the virtual world will transform the way we will work.last_img read more

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TypeScript 35 releases with omit helper improved speed excess property checks and

first_imgYesterday, Daniel Rosenwasser, Program Manager at TypeScript, announced the release of TypeScript 3.5. This release has great new additions in compiler and language, editor tooling, some breaking changes as well. Some key features include speed improvements, ‘omit’ helper type, improved excess property checks, and more. The earlier version of TypeScript 3.4 was released two months ago. Compiler and Language Speed improvements Typescripts team have been focusing heavily on optimizing certain code paths and stripping down certain functionality, since the past release. This has resulted in TypeScript 3.5 being faster than TypeScript 3.3 for many incremental checks. The compile time of TypeScript 3.5 has also fallen compared to 3.4, but users have been alerted that code completion and any other editor operations would be much ‘snappier’. This release also includes several optimizations to compiler settings such as why files were looked up, where files were found, etc. It’s also been found that in TypeScript 3.5, the amount of time rebuilding can be reduced by as much as 68% compared to TypeScript 3.4. The ‘Omit’ helper type Usually, users create an object that omits certain properties. In TypeScript 3.5, a new version of ‘Omit’ has been defined. It will include its own lib.d.ts which can be used everywhere. The compiler itself will use this ‘Omit’ type to express types created through object rest, destructuring declarations on generics. Improved excess property checks in union types TypeScript has this feature of excess property checking in object literals. In the earlier versions, certain excess properties were allowed in the object literal, even if it didn’t match between Point and Label. In this new version, the type-checker will verify that all the provided properties belong to some union member and have the appropriate type. The –allowUmdGlobalAccess flag In TypeScript 3.5, you can now reference UMD global declarations like export as namespace foo. This is possible from anywhere, even modules by using the new –allowUmdGlobalAccess flag. Smarter union type checking When checking against union types, TypeScript usually compares each constituent type in isolation. While assigning source to target, it typically involves checking whether the type of source is assignable to target. In TypeScript 3.5, when assigning to types with discriminant properties like in T, the language actually will go further and decompose types like S into a union of every possible inhabitant type. This was not possible in the previous versions. Higher order type inference from generic constructors TypeScript 3.4’s inference allowed newFn to be generic. In TypeScript 3.5, this behavior is generalized to work on constructor functions as well. This means that functions that operate on class components in certain UI libraries like React, can more correctly operate on generic class components. New Editing Tools Smart Select This will provide an API for editors to expand text selections farther outward in a syntactical manner.  This feature is cross-platform and available to any editor which can appropriately query TypeScript’s language server. Extract to type alias TypeScript 3.5 will now support a useful new refactoring, to extract types to local type aliases. However, for users who prefer interfaces over type aliases, an issue still exists for extracting object types to interfaces as well. Breaking changes Generic type parameters are implicitly constrained to unknown In TypeScript 3.5, generic type parameters without an explicit constraint are now implicitly constrained to unknown, whereas previously the implicit constraint of type parameters was the empty object type {}. { [k: string]: unknown } is no longer a wildcard assignment target TypeScript 3.5 has removed the specialized assignability rule to permit assignment to { [k: string]: unknown }. This change was made because of the change from {} to unknown, if generic inference has no candidates. Depending on the intended behavior of { [s: string]: unknown }, several alternatives are available: { [s: string]: any } { [s: string]: {} } object unknown any Improved excess property checks in union types Typescript 3.5 adds a type assertion onto the object (e.g. { myProp: SomeType } as ExpectedType) It also adds an index signature to the expected type to signal, that unspecified properties are expected (e.g. interface ExpectedType { myProp: SomeType; [prop: string]: unknown }) Fixes to unsound writes to indexed access types TypeScript allows you to represent the operation of accessing a property of an object via the name of that property. In TypeScript 3.5, samples will correctly issue an error. Most instances of this error represent potential errors in the relevant code. Object.keys rejects primitives in ES5 In ECMAScript 5 environments, Object.keys throws an exception if passed through  any non-object argument. In TypeScript 3.5, if target (or equivalently lib) is ES5, calls to Object.keys must pass a valid object. This change interacts with the change in generic inference from {} to unknown. The aim of this version of TypeScript is to make the coding experience faster and happier. In the announcement, Daniel has also given the 3.6 iteration plan document and the feature roadmap page, to give users an idea of what’s coming in the next version of TypeScript. Users are quite content with the new additions and breaking changes in TypeScript 3.5. A user on Reddit comments, “Those are some seriously impressive improvements. I know it’s minor, but having Omit built in is just awesome. I’m tired of defining it myself in every project.” To read more details of TypeScript 3.5, head over to the official announcement. 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Expanded Panama Canal to open April 1 2016

first_imgRelated posts:Wider Panama Canal set for water trial Panama Canal widening should be finished in early 2016 after $400 million boost Panama’s US envoy offers upbeat economic outlook for 2015 Panama Canal claims $737 million in cost overruns Facebook Comments COCOLÍ, Panamá — The expanded Panama Canal will be ready for international maritime traffic on April 1, 2016, Canal Minister Roberto Roy announced this week during placement of the waterway expansion project’s last lock gate.“We’re going to finish the Panama Canal’s expansion, that’s the essential thing. We have eleven months to go, because on April 1 (2016) the canal will be open for international navigation,” Roy told reporters.The Panama Canal has been in an expansion phase since 2007 to allow ships carrying up to 14,000 containers — three times its present capacity — to cross its 80 kilometers.With the expansion, so-called Post-Panamax ships measuring over 400 meters long and 50 meters wide, the size of four football fields, will be able to go through the canal.“What remains to be done now is to step on the gas and finish” the work, Roy said.The main contractor consortium Grupo Unidos por el Canal (GUPC) placed the last of the project’s 16 lock gates on Tuesday.With the gates in place, and after approximately a month of electric and mechanical tests, progressive flooding of the new route will begin in order to start trials with ships.GUPC, made up of Spanish firm Sacyr, Italian firm Salini Impregilio, Belgian firm Jan de Nui and Panamanian Constructora Urbana, will deliver the construction in early 2016.The work, with close to 90 percent progress, is a year behind schedule due to conflict between the GUPC and the Panama Canal Authority, as well as several workers’ strikes. The project’s final cost is uncertain because of legal complaints lodged by the consortium.Five percent of the world’s maritime trade goes through the Panama Canal, whose main users are the United States and China.last_img read more

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QA What stock market tumble means for China rest of world

first_img The difference between men and women when it comes to pain Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility ___DOES IT MEAN CHINA’S ECONOMY IS COLLAPSING?China’s stock market has little direct connection to its economy. Since trading began in 1990, the mainland’s two exchanges in Shanghai and the southern city of Shenzhen have been used mostly to raise money for state companies. Regulators have eased access for private companies but the exchanges still are dominated by state industry. In this government-dominated system, investors react more to changes in regulation and the availability of credit to finance trading and less to economic fundamentals. That can mean share prices move in the opposite direction from economic performance. The explosive rise over the past year came as manufacturing and other economic indicators declined.___HOW HAS THE GOVERNMENT INTERVENED?Beijing has unleashed a barrage of measures stop the market slide. They include a threat to prosecute short-sellers, canceling initial public offerings of stock and prohibiting major shareholders from selling their stakes for six months. The government mandated its main pension fund for civil servants to invest up to 30 percent of its assets in stocks, or up to 900 billion yuan ($145 billion). Brokerages in the state-dominated securities industry increased the size of their stock-buying fund to 260 billion yuan ($42 billion). And Central Huijin Investment Ltd., a unit of China’s $750 billion sovereign wealth fund, said it would avoid selling any Chinese shares. A Chinese investor monitors displays of stock information at a brokerage house in Beijing, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Shanghai stocks were volatile Tuesday after falling the most in eight years the day before while other Asian markets also flitted between gains and losses. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Comments   Share   ___HOW CONCERNED ARE ORDINARY CHINESE?Gyrating stock prices are a popular topic of tea break chatter, but only a minority of Chinese are directly affected. The market boom prompted millions of novice investors to pile into the market. But even with the new additions, a survey by Southwestern University of Finance found the share of households that participate in the market still stood at just 8.8 percent in the second quarter of this year. That is well below the one-third or more of households in the United States and other Western markets that own stocks.___WHO ARE THE BIGGEST WINNERS AND LOSERS?Winners included small companies in technology, auto parts and other industries that caught investor attention with an early price surge and enjoyed more gains as more speculators piled in. Sugon Information Industry Ltd., a manufacturer of computer equipment, was the biggest gainer on the Shanghai exchange, with shares up 270 percent from Nov. 1 through Tuesday. No. 2 was Ue Furniture Co., a maker of high-tech office chairs, up 240 percent. State-owned construction companies rose after Beijing announced initiatives to expand trade links with neighboring Asian economies — plans that are expected to lead to multibillion-dollar spending on infrastructure. Other winners include securities firms, which received a flood of money from trading fees and interest on loans to buy shares. Prices rose so much that losses for the biggest decliners were modest. Among the biggest losers was Xiamen Overseas Chinese Electronic Co., a maker of TV sets, off 27 percent. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. ___DOES IT AFFECT THE REST OF THE WORLD?China keeps its financial markets largely sealed off from global capital flows. But due to the size of its economy, traders abroad watch Chinese markets closely and react to dramatic changes. Beginning in 2002, Beijing allowed a handful of foreign fund managers to buy Chinese shares under rules that limit short-term trading. Foreign access increased with the Nov. 17 launch of a program that allows foreign investors to buy mainland shares through Hong Kong brokers. The Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect limits foreigners to buying 568 mainly blue chip stocks on the Shanghai exchange, or about half the companies traded there. Those restrictions mean money cannot flow quickly into or out of the Chinese market. But lurches in Chinese share prices have triggered selloffs in markets abroad.___WILL CHINA’S ECONOMY SUFFER?China got little “wealth effect” on the way up, and analysts say the impact on the way down also should be limited. Shareholders who sold before prices peaked made windfall profits. But the rise was too brief to goose consumer spending at a time when economic growth is slowing. One notable effect: The bulge in revenue for securities firms was so big that it helped to offset weakness in other industries and keep economic growth at an unexpectedly strong 7 percent for second quarter. Brokers have been ordered to tighten control over lending to finance trading, which is expected to limit the financial impact on the state-owned finance industry if traders are unable to repay them. “With only a small and relatively wealthy portion of Chinese households exposed to the stock market, we aren’t particularly concerned,” said Julian Evans-Pritchard of Capital Economics in a report. “Given that the stock market didn’t provide any noticeable boost to spending on the way up, there is no reason to expect it to be a drag on the way down.”center_img New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Quick workouts for men BEIJING (AP) — China’s stock market tumbled this week despite a massive government intervention aimed at halting a slide in prices that began last month. At its peak in early June, the Shanghai Composite Index had risen about 150 percent from late 2014. After dropping 30 percent over several weeks, government support measures calmed the market. But on Monday the sell-off resumed, with the Shanghai index suffering a drop of 8.5 percent, its biggest daily fall since February 2007. Here’s what the sell-off means for China’s economy and other countries. Check your body, save your life Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more

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Hamad M Bin Mejren

first_imgOTM 2017 is an important platform for Dubai to showcase all that Dubai has to offer to the Indian market. India is the number one source market for visitors to Dubai and this platform helps us attract even more visitors from this market. We will be definitely participating in the next edition and use this event to keep on showcasing not only Dubai, but the entire UAE as welllast_img